Richard M. Jones

Richard M. Jones, born Richard Marigny Jones (sometimes written Richard Mariney Jones), (13 June 1892 – 8 December 1945) was a jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and record producer. Numerous songs bear his name as author, including "Trouble in Mind".

Jones grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jones suffered from a stiff leg and walked with a limp; fellow musicians gave him the nickname "Richard My Knee Jones" as a pun on his middle name. In his youth he played alto horn in brass bands. His main instrument, however, became the piano. By 1908 he was playing in Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans. A few years later, he often led a small band which sometimes included Joe Oliver. Jones also worked in the bands of John Robichaux, Armand J. Piron, and Papa Celestin.

In 1918 Jones moved to Chicago. He worked as Chicago manager for publisher and pianist Clarence Williams. Jones began recording in 1923, making gramophone records as a piano soloist, accompanist to vocalists, and with his bands The Jazz Wizards and The Chicago Cosmopolitans. He recorded for Gennett, OKeh, Victor, and Paramount Records in the 1920s. He also worked for OKeh Records as Chicago supervisor of the company's "Race" (African-American) Records for most of the decade. During this period he was the producer of the very influential Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings led by cornetist (later trumpeter) Louis Armstrong, the most important soloist in early jazz. In the 1930s Jones played a similar management role for Decca.

Richard M. Jones worked for Mercury Records until his death.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 13th, 1892, Died Chicago

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer, leader, lyricist, songwriter, arranger, vocalist, speaker

Recordings (Results 76-100 of 150 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W80846 10-in. 5/7/1927 Lonely heart Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh W80852 10-in. 5/10/1927 Sam Henry blues Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, composer  
OKeh W80853 10-in. 5/10/1927 Poor boy blues Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh W80880 10-in. 5/14/1927 Go go blues Bertha Chippie Hill Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80881 10-in. 5/14/1927 Do dirty blues Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, composer, lyricist  
OKeh W80882 10-in. 5/14/1927 Sport model mama Bertha Chippie Hill ; Richard M. Jones’ Jazz Wizards Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader  
OKeh W80883 10-in. 5/14/1927 Mississippi Waters blues Bertha Chippie Hill Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band leader, lyricist  
OKeh W82063 10-in. 12/14/1927 Sam Henry blues Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with piano composer  
OKeh W404408 10-in. 10/3/1930 Heebie jeebies The Three Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano songwriter  
Brunswick C1824 10-in. 3/29/1928 Remember me Elmo Tanner Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer  
Brunswick C2332 10-in. 9/21/1928 Remember me Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick C2426 10-in. 10/10/1928 Remember me Freddie Rose Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Brunswick C2509 10-in. 11/1/1928 Trouble in mind blues Bertha Chippie Hill Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer  
Decca 62637 10-in. 10/5/1937 Georgia man Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62638 10-in. 10/5/1937 All night blues Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62639 10-in. 10/5/1937 Away all the time Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62640 10-in. 10/5/1937 The stuff is here Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62641 10-in. 10/5/1937 Strewin' your mess Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Decca 62642 10-in. 10/5/1937 Fare Thee honey fare Thee well Georgia White instrumentalist, piano  
Vocalion E2620-E2621 10-in. 3/10/1926 29th and Dearborn Russell's Hot Six Instrumental ensemble composer  
Vocalion E2624-E2625 10-in. 3/10/1926 Panama Limited blues Ada Brown Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet lyricist, composer  
Vocalion E2626-E2627 10-in. 3/10/1926 Tia Juana man Ada Brown Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet songwriter  
Vocalion E2628-E2629 10-in. 3/10/1926 All night shags The Chicago Hottentots Instrumental trio composer  
Vocalion E2630-E2631 10-in. 3/10/1926 Put me in the alley The Chicago Hottentots Instrumental trio composer  
Vocalion E2636-E2637 10-in. 3/11/1926 Georgia man Teddy Peters Female vocal solo, with 2 cornets, banjo, and piano composer, lyricist  
(Results 76-100 of 150 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Jones, Richard M.," accessed October 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106200.

Jones, Richard M.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106200.

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